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Free to Punish? The American Dream and the Harsh Treatment of Criminals

Rafael Di Tella, Juan Dubra

NBER Working Paper No. 17309
Issued in August 2011

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We thank Ricardo Perez Truglia for extremely helpful suggestions; as well as Anthony Doob for generous help understanding Canadian data. We also thank Jeff Miron (the editor), our commentators (Glenn Loury and Justin McCrary), as well as Sallie James, Marc Mauer, Eric Rasmusen, and participants at the Cato Papers on Public Policy Conference, for extremely helpful suggestions. For ideas and exceptional research assistance we thank Javier Donna, Ramiro Galvez, Irene Mussio, Ricardo Perez Truglia and James Zeitler. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research. This research was financed by the Cato Institute.

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